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Knowing Yogyakarta Indonesia

Most Filipino travelers would go to nearby countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau (Visa free country) but very few would go to Indonesia. Most Filipinos would only know Bali and Jakarta but little did we know that Indonesia has so much to offer for all types of travelers.
In July 2016, I got invited by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia together with 50+ other South East Asian bloggers and influencers to travel around Indonesia for 12 days. I extended my trip to Jakarta for 3 days and was not able to do so much because of the traffic jam. Few from our batch went to Yogyakarta and seeing their amazing photos made me want and eager to go back to Indonesia and visit Yogyakarta.
Luckily Last January 2018, I was able to go back in Indonesia, had a 4-day trip to Jakarta with AirAsia and finally extended my trip for another 4 days just to see the wonders of Yogyakarta. I always wanted to visit temples and palaces in this region and finally, I did. Let me share you where we s…

December Staycation in Armada Hotel Manila

The good thing about living and staying in Manila hotels is that you have an easy access and very neat to most Manila tourists spots. You also have various options to the most affordable hostel to lavish hotels in the metro. Another good and affordable hotel in Manila is Armada Hotel, located along Mabini and just before Quirino Ave, Manila. 

About 3mins away from Malate Church and Rajah Sulayman in Roxas Macapagal. 

Getting to the hotel from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila Airport):

- Again I suggest riding an UBER if you have luggage with you but if you are a backpacker no fret you can commute via jeepney and UV Express.
- If you want to save a little money, you may ride a jeep from Manila airport going to Baclaran then ride a VAN going to Lawton and drop off to Aristocrat Macapagal Blvd. walk towards Malate Church and ride a jeepney going to Quirino/Mabini, from the church about 3 mins ride (without traffic) you will be at the hotel. 

Room price starts from 2,500 PHP to 6,500 PHP / 51 USD to 132 USD depending on the month/season and room type. 

My kid and I can't decide what room type and bed preference should we choose. Because it's only me and my kid who will stay at the hotel, I would choose 1 queen bed, but because staying in a hotel with a very hyperactive kid we need to have a bit larger room and 2 bed - why? So, she can jump over from one bed to another. Oh, kids! Lol.

Anything to make my kid happy, I will give it to her as long as I can provide. So, we ended up choosing the room with 2 single bed. 

All room type has a window view, very comfy bed, clean bathroom with complete toiletries, mini bar, and large LED tv. 

If you want to eat outside the hotel, though they have an in-house restaurant, you can go nearby fast food restaurants like Chowking and Aristocrat. 

Via Commute:

- Just ride a jeepney going to Pedro Gil/Taft and 3 mins ride you will Chowking and Aristocrat which is adjacent to each other. Beside Chowking is Malate Church - also one of the popular wedding venue for Filipino couples. 

Along Malate Church and Rajah Sulayman Fountain, there are lots of horse carriage that you may try to ride, 100 PHP / 2.00 USD for a 30-minute ride. From Malate Church, you can walk along Remedios, Nakpil and Adriatico if you want to try other International Restaurants, Pubs, Disco and local Filipino restaurants. 

You will not just enjoy your stay at the hotel but you can also do photo walk along Roxas Blvd and watch the famous Manila sunset. 

December Staycation in Armada Hotel Manila

The use of this 360° virtual tour of Armada Hotel Manila is authorized by Traveloka.


  1. The hotel looks great and pricing is surely worth it! What I like about it is you can get advantage on walking around the Roxas Blvd and wait for the sunsets

    1. This is a very good choice near malate church

  2. The room looks chic & sophisticated. And to have a sea view is just awesome!

  3. Manila is GORGEOUS and so is that hotel! It's funny that I discovered this post today because last night I was just saying I need to have a staycation. I don't feel like flying anywhere. I just want to drive to the city, stay in a nice hotel for the weekend, and relax.

  4. The room looks huge and is a perfect accommodation for the family. It's also nice that its nearby food and some Manila attractions.

    1. Yes the room is spacious and good for family

  5. Looking at this hotel, I feel Manila is a happening city! This hotel looks neat and bright. Room is spacious too.

  6. That's one lovely sea view! The hotel is plush and classy.

  7. If it is near Roxas Blvd then this should be good choice for a reasonably priced staycation place. The nearby restaurants and the historical church all add to its ideal location.

  8. I've never heard of this hotel before but it seems like such a great staycation spot in the city without being too expensive! So lovely :D

  9. I'm reading so many staycation reviews recently! It's pretty cool to see the 360 virtual tour! It will be great if we can produce this ourselves~

  10. Wow! It's so nice to take a break and have a staycation.. Lovely!

  11. Hi! Thank you for your feature on our hotel. We're delighted to hear that your enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to welcome you again soon at Armada Hotel Manila! :)

    - Pauline, Manager


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